Smash the Closet!

This was the day I came out, at Cafe Lafitte in Exile in New Orleans, Louisiana.

It took me ten years to come out. Between the time I sat, crying, in an Italian restaurant at the age of 17, telling my family I thought I might be gay, and the night in New Orleans when I finally accepted myself as a gay man, a decade passed. I think sometimes about all the things [Read More...]

Love, Lust, and the Bible: A Further Response to Matthew Vines


Matthew Vines, author of God and the Gay Christian (and subject of yesterday’s post), kindly responded to my critique on Facebook: Thank you for writing this post and for sharing your perspective about what I’m doing. Thanks also for reading and engaging with my book.Some of your criticisms, however, are factually wrong. While it is [Read More...]

God and the Gay Humanist – A Response to Matthew Vines


Matthew Vines‘ God and the Gay Christian has become something of a phenomenon. Charting Vines’ journey – with his family – from coming out to his Christian parents as gay to convincing them that the Bible really does “affirm” LGBT people, the book is essentially an investigation of what the Bible says about same-sex relationships. Weaving scriptural criticism and analysis [Read More...]

American Family Association’s “Bigotry Map” Backfires

AFA Bigotry Map

Anti-gay hate group the American Family Association has recently released a perverse mockery of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s national map of hate groups which they call a “Bigotry Map“. Promising to “expose anti-Christian bigotry in America”, the map includes locations of groups which are “anti-Christian”, “atheist”, “Humanist”, and which “promote the homosexual agenda”: The [Read More...]

Marriage, Equality, and Radical Queer Politics – Part One

This is a two-part post. The second part can be found here. It seems every day brings news of a new victory for marriage equality advocates: yesterday Kentucky joined Indiana and Utah as the most recent state to find same sex marriage bans unconstitutional. Every day also seems to bring a new article penned by [Read More...]

It Makes My Teeth Ache

I’m listening to a speech by Reverend Doctor Jamie Washington at the opening of Harvard’s new Office Of BGLTQ Student Life and he is talking about the necessity of engaging in the discussion of spirituality, religion, and BGLTQ issues. I don’t exactly think he’s wrong. The Humanist Graduate Community at Harvard recently ran a workshop [Read More...]

Rhode Island – One Law for All!

It is a fundamental principle of this nation that everyone be considered equal under the law, and that that law must be secular in character. In Rhode Island – a state with a proud history of supporting democracy, freedom and equality – this principle is under attack. [Read more...]